Geotechnical Engineer Salary

Geotechnical Engineers in the United States take home approximately $64K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Geotechnical Engineers approaches anywhere from $45K on the lower end to $91K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Geotechnical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Geotechnical Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,111 - $89,271
(Median)
$46K
$64K
$89K
MEDIAN: $63,750
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$16.36 - $39.34
(Median)
$16
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,111 - $89,271  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,745  
Profit Sharing
$82.43 - $7,197  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,973 - $91,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 810
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.36 - $39.34  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $43.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$82.43 - $7,197  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,973 - $91,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer


Terracon Consultants, Inc., URS Corporation Inc., Golder Associates Incorporated, CH2M Hill, and Terracon are all popular places to work. Geotechnical Engineers in search of the best pay head to CH2M Hill, where the median salary rolls in at $79K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $99K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $60K.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Matlab, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic, AutoDesk, and AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know AutoCAD, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Geotechnical Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $71K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $58K. Geotechnical Engineers bring in $85K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,509

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Geotechnical Engineers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Geotechnical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), Portland (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Workers in Austin and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$65,000

Matlab
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Project
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AutoDesk
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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